0101 GMT January 20, 2018
“I don’t think this political grandstanding by the Speaker and Mr. Netanyahu are in the best interest of Israel,” Senator Dick Durbin told CBS on Sunday, Press TV reported.
“I don't want to show any weakness in terms of our commitment to Israel. But some of my closest friends in the United States who support Israel have described this Boehner strategy as a disaster. I hope we can find a way to stabilize this situation quickly and take the politics out of it,” he added.
Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak about Iran sanctions before a joint congressional session on March 3.
He extended the invitation after President Obama threatened to veto any Iran sanctions legislation during his State of the Union address.
Boehner was blasted for inviting the Israeli leader without coordinating with the president.
The White House announced that Netanyahu and Obama would not meet during the Israeli prime minister’s visit to Washington.
Netanyahu has been trying to persuade Congress to impose further sanctions against Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program while Tehran and six world powers are negotiating to reach a final comprehensive nuclear agreement.
Obama has warned Netanyahu to stop encouraging US congressmen to pass new sanctions legislation.
The New York Times reported last week that Obama is angry with Netanyahu for accepting the invitation by Congress.
A senior Obama administration official sharply criticized Israel’s ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer for helping arrange the invitation.